Former Kentucky Wildcats Men’s head basketball coach Eddie Sutton has died at the age of 84, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Sutton spent four seasons as head coach of the Wildcats from 1985-89. He led the team to the Elite Eight in 1986 and the Sweet Sixteen in 1988.

Before arriving in Lexington, Sutton spent 11 seasons coaching the Arkansas Razorbacks, where he turned the program into one of the nations’ best. He posted a 260-75 record and with NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the Final Four in 1978.

After leaving Kentucky, he became the head coach at his alma mater of Oklahoma State and stayed for 16 seasons (1990-2006) and led the Cowboys to the Final Four in both 1995 ad 2004.

Sutton was twice named AP Coach of the Year, including in 1986 after his first season with Kentucky. He won SEC Coach of the Year in 1986, Southwest Conference Coach of the Year four times and Big 12 coach of the year twice. His final all-time coaching record was a remarkable 804–328.

Sutton will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.  

Photo via KTUL, Tulsa

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